If a mother has carried her baby to term with no serious complications, and she has a qualified midwife at her side, home births can be safe and beneficial. The home environment allows for a familiar and intimate setting. It also provides a setting for other beneficial forms of childbirth, such as warm water immersion, which has proves to greatly reduce birth pains for the mother and child.
While a home birth is probably not the best environment or the safest one to bring a child into this world, I think that on the whole the idea of a home birth is a safe one. It is safe enough, has been done thousands of times, and is good to do.
I believe home births are perfectly safe, and in many cases more comfortable for the mother and less stressful for the new baby. As with any delivery, there are risks, but if you take the proper precautions and seek out an experienced doctor a home birth can be a great experience.
Home births are pretty safe. Women have been giving birth at home for millions of years. The industrialization and hospitalization of child birth is a relatively recent phenomenon. MOST of the time, a birth at home will be perfectly fine. It's that one time out of 100 where something could go wrong, and that is where home births become dangerous. At a hospital, the mother and baby can be treated quickly, preventing death.